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We thought deeply about how we could win, but weren't able to. After carrying all that with us, it was really a welcome relief in a way. There was also great joy, of course, and a refreshing feeling of rejuvenation. Shinoda: I think the championship title is the embodiment of our determination to never quit, and of the team's united spirit.
I felt the same as Kengo; I was overcome with elation and a massive sense of relief. Kengo Nakamura collapses on the field with tears of joy after seizing victory. Nakamura: I don't think we've changed that much, but the expectations of the people around us have definitely shifted.
We get rebuked pretty harshly just for losing one match now laughs.
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But I think that comes with the territory of being champion. Also, I feel like the teams we play against are studying us more closely, and I feel their determination to beat us. But I think that overcoming these pressures is what's going to make us even stronger and more competitive. I want to win again this year and experience it all over again. It really was an awesome feeling. Kengo Nakamura and his teammates going through the paces of physical training at their practice ground.
Nakamura: Last season, I think we were able to stick to our philosophy of "offense soccer," while also strengthening our defense, and developing a strategy that leaves fewer weak spots.
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Shinoda: The secret behind Frontale's strength lies in the players' awareness of the importance of training, and the sense of unity among the teammates. I joined the team last season, but before that, Frontale hadn't had a fitness coach for five years. I heard that all the players did their warm-up routines individually, without any guidance. I was worried at first about how a team like that would react to my approach, but everyone was fully committed from day one.
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Kengo Nakamura during the interview. Tossing around the occasional joke, he showed glimpses of his role as an inspirational member of the team.
Nakamura: It'd been a while since we got together as a team for our physical training. It was an invigorating experience. Also, I'm getting to be that age where I'm not a huge fan of physical training, so I was worried at first if this coach was going to be a pain in the neck laughs. He's a keen observer of the player's physical conditions and considers the time we have until our next match when he puts together our training regimen. So we feel at ease whenever we want to discuss any problems we might have. It's not just me. All my teammates trust him, too. Fitness coach Yosuke Shinoda going through warm-up routines with the players.
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His mild-mannered demeanor is striking. Nakamura: That's right. Before he joined, we struggled with players getting injured every year. I've sustained injuries too, and haven't been able to play in some matches.
Some of these injuries happen during games, where there's often intense physical contact, and that can't be helped. But we were also getting muscle-related injuries like pulls and tears. I think having Shinoda join with his approach to address this problem really had a positive impact. We had fewer injuries in the second half of the season, which I think we can attribute to the physical training routines. Yosuke Shinoda, the fitness coach, discusses the importance of physical training designed to avoid injuries.
Shinoda: One thing I consider crucial in physical training is to build bodies that don't get injured. If you can avoid injuries, you can consistently continue your practice. This naturally boosts fitness, which in turn leads to better match performance and more victories for the team.
What's more, I think when athletes enjoy themselves during training, it helps to prevent injuries. I make a point of having trivial, nonsensical conversations during training.